Of all popular media, television is the biggest example of the power of mass communication to inform, educate and influence the public. Hindi serials have over time used socially relevant themes to entertain and educate the masses. Here is a list of 5 serials with teachers as the main character or theme:
Chanakya, a 47-part Indian television historical was originally telecast on Doordarshan from September 8, 1991 to August 9, 1992. The series is a fictionalized account of the life and times of the 4th century BCE Indian economist, strategist and political theorist, Chanakya. Chanakya was guru and mentor of Chandragupta Maurya. Chandragupta was the father of Bindusar who would later become the king. Chanakya also served as the chief advisor to Bindusar.
Hip Hip Hurray was a show which portrayed the story of the lives of class XII students, their relationship problems, interactions, failures and successes. The show ran from 1998 to 2000. Vinay Pathak played the very popular character of English teacher, Vinny sir. Suchitra Pillai portrayed the role of Alaknanda ma’am, a stylish physics teacher.
Swim Team was a show aired on Channel V from March 9, 2015 to February 19, 2016 which depicted the journey of a swimming coach named Tarun Kapoor along with his team of swimmers. The show focused on the hard training the coach and his swim team undertook to represent the country at the Summer Olympics.
Chunauti was a serial telecast in 1987 and profiled an idealist college principal Mr. Shastri and his travails dealing with the problems that plague students including admissions, donations, ragging, miserable hostel conditions, drug addiction, irresponsible teachers, mass copying, and other malpractices. A well-crafted emotional drama covering every aspect of college life in detail made Chunauti a big hit.
Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focused on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with social issues and learn to become an effective team. The initial twelve-member cast included club director and Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), Will's wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), and eight club members.
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This article is published as a part of our Take 2 column in the December 2017 issue.
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